Turtle Race Archives - July 28th, 2010

Turtle Race Report for Wednesday July 28, 2010 The rain has been dancing around turtle race day all summer. We have been spared downpours and bad weather for which we are grateful. The 455 racers, their parents, siblings, and grandparents all experienced a perfect day of racing.

Again, pre-race activities were well attended as the racing circle was jammed with hula-hoopers and dancers. The Chicken dance singers were exceptional. The were: Charlie from West St. Paul, MN; Felicia and Sara from Longville;, and Kelsey from Lino Lakes, MN. The YMCA dance leaders were: Megan and Alyssa from Durant, IA; Alex from Superior, WI; Anna from Kensett, IA; and Ciera from Apple Valley, MN.

The Resort Turtle Race, the first race of the day, featured ten resorts. They were: Andersen’s 4-Season Resort, In The Wilds Resort, North Star Resort, Minnee Tee Pee Resort, Broadwater Lodge, Sunset Bay Resort, Timber Trails Resort, Borde Du Lac Resort, Little Boy Resort, and Deer Trail Resort. The winner of the Resort Turtle race was five-year-old Caitlin Coughlin of Maple Grove, MN. She and her family were vacationing at Broadwater Lodge.

Seven-year-old Hayden Glander from Norwood, MN won the 16-ticket package for activities at Mall of America. The ticket package is provided by BL Broadcasting of Brainerd. They operate WJJY FM , 106.7; B93.3, Country; Power Loon, 107.5 FM; Cool 103.5, Oldies; Business Radio KVBR 1340 AM; and the Fan, 1380 A.M.

The competition for the honor of being crowned Grand Champions was fierce. Emerging as winners were two young people. Four-year-old Grace Jeppesen from South Haven, MN was declared the Grand Champion and seven-year-old Ben Wilmes of Eagan, MN was declared the Grand Slowpoke Champion.

Over 30 volunteers were on hand to help with running the event. Ryan and Marisa Skajewski helped Pat Boen, representing Gallery of Homes, judge all of the events. Rose Franta, Stan Johnson, and Jan Elliott registered racers. Kathy Sweeney, representing Woodland Insurance, Marian Woie, and Sara Felton sold tickets and souvenirs. Marilyn Jass and Char Olson managed the prize table. Game operators were Debbie and Laura Oates, Dennis Hagen, Mary Ann Straley, Chuck Colberg, Ed Lammers, representing Lakeland Promotions, Peg Atzen, Hannah Abel, and Judy Blue and her grandchildren Elijah, Devon, and JJ Hannah,. Gordon Atzen along with his able bodied assistant, Bill Newell popped a bunch of popcorn. In addition, a group of young people from Camp Olson who were participating in a Leadership and Service Camp helped with set-up, tear down, and games. They were: Emma Scholl, Ekoo Beck, Austin Dunheun, Dot Armstrong, Erin McGlinch, Will Steenson, Adam Sklar, Morgan Cruse, Kelsey Kennedy, Megan Schoephoerster, Nora Newsom, and Anna Matenaer.

Set-up and tear down was handled by the great team from Camp Olson, Gerry Broshar, and Bob Carey. Bob Carey was also in charge of hand washing. Announcing duties were handled by John & Sandy Weins and Gerry Broshar.

Turtle Race Winners!


Turtle Race Winners

Front, Left to Right:

Grand Winner - Grace Jeppesen, Age 4; South Haven, MN

Grand Slowpoke - Ben Wilmes, Age 7; Eagan, MN

Back, Left to Right:

Pat Boen, Chief Judge
Marisa Skajewski, Judge
Ryan Skajewski, Judge
John Weins, Announcer

YMCA Dancers

Megan, Durant, IA
Alyssa, Durant, IA
Alex, Superior, WI
Anna, Kensett, IA
Ciera, Apple Valley, MN

Resort Turtle Race Winner

Caitlin Coughlin, Age 5; Maple Grove, MN; Representing Broadwater Lodge

Chicken Dance Singers, Left to Right:

Charlie, West St. Paul, MN
Felicia, Longville, MN
Sara, Longville, MN
Kelsey, Lino Lakes, MN



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